Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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Dis*trib"ute (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distributed; p. pr. & vb. n. Distributing.] [L. distributus, p. p. of distribuere to divide, distribute; dis- + tribuere to assign, give, allot. See Tribute.]
1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot.
She did distribute her goods to all them that were nearest of kindred.
Judith xvi. 24.
2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice.
3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc.
4. (Printing) (a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases. (b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.
5. (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.
A term is said to be distributed when it is taken universal, so as to stand for everything it is capable of being applied to.
Syn. -- To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign; divide.
Dis*trib"ute, v. i. To make distribution.
Distributing to the necessity of saints.
Rom. xii. 13.